When Igor Stravinsky’s epochal The Rite of Spring received its premiere in Paris in 1913, the work was considered so startling that the audience rioted and engaged in fistfights with one another, although reports from the time vary considerably. The Russian composer’s music was so inventive it opened up vast new ways of shaping sonic structures in the 20th century. Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and L.A. Philharmonic are especially attuned to the piece’s wild dynamics — a febrile collision of sinuously insistent melodies, hard and jagged rhythms, and volcanic eruptions of brass and percussion. L.A. Phil’s concert (non-dance) version of Rite is preceded by Sergei Rachmaninoff’s comparatively traditional but ridiculously lush and beautiful breakthrough, Piano Concerto No. 2, as unraveled with nuance and attentiveness by 25-year-old South Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Sat., Nov. 30, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 1, 2 p.m.; $20-$265. (323) 850-2000, laphil.org.